'''Ames Research Center''' ('''ARC'''), also known as '''NASA Ames''', is a major NASA
research center at Moffett Federal Airfield
in California's Silicon Valley
. It was founded as the second National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
(NACA) laboratory. That agency was dissolved and its assets and personnel transferred to the newly created NASA|National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) on October 1, 1958. NASA Ames is named in honor of Joseph Sweetman Ames
, a physicist and one of the founding members of NACA. At last estimate NASA Ames has over US$3.0 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a US$860 million annual budget.
Ames was founded to conduct wind-tunnel research on the aerodynamics of propeller-driven aircraft; however, its role has expanded to encompass spaceflight and information technology. Ames plays a role in many NASA missions. It provides leadership in astrobiology
; small satellites;...